A whole week has passed since I landed in the wee hours of the mornings at Tel Aviv airport…and so far so good.
Firstly, I’d better just explain where I am right now. Although Asya and I will be moving to Jerusalem once university starts (and we have our flat sorted), we are currently enjoying the laid back daily life of her parents’ kibbutz. Once the quintessential socialist and Zionist commune, kibbutzim have, in the eyes of the casual tourist like myself, the feeling of a holiday camp and Asya’s kibbutz is no exception – an idyllic oasis in the heart of the Negev desert.
On the flight over I started reading a book on the history of the Kibbutz movement, “Our Hearts Invented a Place.” A surprisingly interesting read, and one that is necessary if you’re to understand how these small communities were once the vanguard of Israeli society. But don’t worry; this is not the space to bore you all with an historical review of kibbutzim and their ongoing transformation. However, I do hope to offer up few anecdotes along the way about unique kibbutz life.
Anyway, until then here is a map to show you where Kibbutz Mashabei Sade is located – a 2 hour drive south of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem belt and bang in the middle of nowhere.
Otherwise I have good news on the finding a flat in Jerusalem situation, photos from Asya’s sister’s Bat Mitzvah, tales of religious encroachment into secular kibbutz life, not to mention the Israeli response to the surprise announcement of Barak Obama and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner.
But all that will have to wait for the next installment of this blog.